River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 124 cfs
River Statistics:
»Big Thompson in Moraine Park
Current:   124 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   104 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   113 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   118 cfs
Gage Height:   5.09 ft

As of now, things are definitely looking up in RMNP. The recent spell of cooler weather has flows down, which means the moving waters such as the upper sections of the Big Thompson will have more fishable zones. But expect things to potentially swing back up a bit as the weather fluctuates, meaning that still waters such as alpine lakes are still a great option (and will be from now until the weather really cools down in late Sept/October.) When fishing the lakes, expect midges, midges, and more midges, with caddis, terrestrials, leeches, worms, etc., also getting looks from fish. A great rig for the still waters in the park is a small attractor dry trailing an unweighted emerger or soft hackle -- especially when sight fishing to cruisers in shallow water. Some favorites for this sort of rig include the Griffith's Gnat and Elk Hair Caddis in #14-16, and a pheasant tail or RS2 trailing in #18-20. Dry droppers should be getting it done 99 percent of the time in the park creeks. Guide trips have reported some of the best dropper action on pink squirmy worms, caddis larvae, rainbow warriors, soft hackle pheasant tails, and other caddis and mayfly nymph variations. Make sure your dropper has at least some weight on it to get it down in the water column with the flows still higher than the eventual July/August dry fly heaven time of year. On warm, sunny days, black beetles and ants can be a golden ticket to getting some fish to look up.

Report Updated On: 06/26/2017
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